Oct 30, 2019
Author: Don Stader, MD
- Suboxone, methadone, and naltrexone are
commonly used as treatments for opiate use
- Naltrexone is a full mu-opiate receptor
antagonist, making acute pain control difficult in patients taking
- Options for pain control in patients on
naltrexone include nerve blocks, NSAIDS, ketamine, and high doses
the opiates, Dilaudid (hydromorphone) has the highest affinity for
mu-opiate receptors, and will be the most effective.
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and problems in pain management. BMJ. 2006;332(7534):132–133.
Summarized by Will
Dewispelaere, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD